Thursday, May 05, 2005

Will they find the father?

Naaman is linking to this story in South Florida Sun-Sentinel about the possibility of polic filing charges against the father of the formerly pregnant 13-year-old girl in Florida who is a ward of the state. L.G. (the initials given to the girl to give her anonymity) testified that she had sex with a "boy" but it now appears she may have not been completely honest.

L.G.'s mother, whose parental rights were terminated for abuse and neglect, said the girl told her she got pregnant by a man who was between 28 and 30 years old.

L.G. appeared to be living with the man in the Clearwater area after she ran away from her group home Jan. 29 for about a month, said her mother, who has a contentious history with the DCF and threatened to blow up their offices, according to a police report.

"I think they should put him in jail," said the mother, whose name is not being used to protect L.G.'s identity. "He's a child molester, simple as that."

I don't know if the mother is the best source for information but if she was living with a male I doubt that he would be considered a "boy."

Naaman points this out, "The cruel irony of this case is that Florida law recognizes that a 13-year-old girl is not sufficiently mature to decide whether or not to have sex. Yet Florida courts have somehow decided that she is sufficiently mature to kill any children that may result from the sex that Florida law says she shouldn't be having."

I'm wondering if the courts had the foresight to save any of the aborted child's remains so that a DNA test could prove who the father was. Probably not. If they were looking out for the best interests of the child wouldn't they want to at least have solid evidence to put the person who's having sex with a runaway 13-year-old girl behind bars?

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